Located in the scenic redwood coast area of Northern California, Ferndale is one of the best preserved enclaves of Victorian architecture on the west coast. No place else will you find such a well preserved Victorian small town atmosphere. Unlike other small Victorian towns that have fallen prey to tourism, Ferndale remains a healthy working town. Its Main Street, lined with ornate Victorian commercial buildings, still functions much like it did during the Victorian period, with a hardware store, drug store, butcher shop, clothing stores, mercantile, banks, hotels, and saloons. Ferndale is such a rarity, it has been used as the location for several movies, the latest being The Majestic, starring Jim Carrey.
The Redwood Suites sit right near the head of Main Street, and from there a few short steps take you to where you can watch the daily activity of a small town at work. Ranchers coming in to the Post Office to get their mail and check up on the local gossip, kids smiling on their way to the candy store, and numerous sidewalk conversations among locals and tourists alike. In Ferndale, it seems everyone has time to stop what they're doing and chat with you for a while.
When you come to visit Ferndale, you'll want to spend a day exploring Main Street with its many unique shops. If you're old enough, you may recognize some of the vintage items still for sale in the Golden Gait Mercantile. If not, ask the shopkeeper or bring your grandparents. If you are a chocoholic, make your way down to Sweetness & Light and grab a couple of Moo Bars or a Daryl Bar. Where else but Ferndale would you find a candy bar named for the local UPS driver?
Come at the right time, and you'll find excellent entertainment at the Repertory Theatre. But there really is no wrong time to come to Ferndale. It seems almost every week there is some special event, whether it's the world famous Kinetic Sculpture Race, or the local favorite, Ferndale's lighted tractor parade at Christmas. Be sure to check our event calendar for the current happenings.
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There's more to Ferndale than Main Street though, and Ferndale really deserves more than just a weekend visit. If you love Victorian homes and other historic architecture, be sure to allow one day just for driving around the surrounding farmlands. Due to Ferndale's early wealth from the bountiful dairies, Ferndale and the surrounding communities boast some of the most grand Victorian farm houses in the country. Just pick any road and you'll be treated to interesting Victorian homes, wonderful scenery, and clean, fresh country air.
Now that you've seen downtown Ferndale and the surrounding country side, you're ready to explore a bit further. Take a tour of a cheese factory in Loleta. Have dinner with a hundred of your closest friends at the Samoa Cookhouse. Take a hike in Russ Park or try to decide between the several National and State forests and parks that are within easy driving distance. Take a picnic lunch for an all day drive along the Lost Coast, one of California's most scenic and remote coastal drives. Or for a really up close look at some really large redwood trees, don't miss the Avenue of the Giants, where the trees are so close you'll want to keep your hands in the car at all times.
Whatever your choice is for your day's activity, you'll enjoy coming back to your very comfortable room at the Redwood Suites. Cap your day off with an expertly prepared dinner at the VI Restaurant, and then take another stroll around town to marvel at what the sky looks like when you can actually see the stars. Just for a minute, pretend it really is 1880. It won't be too hard.
Now, here are a few more details about your pending stay with us. We’re located south of Eureka, California on the Northern California coast. You'll find Redwood Suites in the Victorian Village of Ferndale, providing excellent accommodations with modern amenities for the convenience of vacationers, tourists and business travelers.
Take a moment to relax in the spacious and well-appointed guest rooms of this Ferndale hotel, each room having its own private bath. You'll enjoy the convenience of fine dining every day of the week at the VI Restaurant, or one of the other great restaurants located within a three block area.
Nestled between the Pacific Coast beaches with their coastal playgrounds and the Giant Redwoods near Eureka, CA, the Victorian Village of Ferndale offers many tourist activities and attractions. Whether you are searching for a romantic getaway, family vacation destination, or traveling on business, Redwood Suites will exceed your expectations.
Do yourself and your company a great favor... Hold your next Corporate Retreat or Conference at the Redwood Suites and/or The Victorian Inn, our sister property virtually next door. Banquet and Meeting facilities are now available.
Delicious full breakfast
Great dining & cocktails available
at the VI Restaurant.
Meeting and banquet facilities
with catering available
Free High-speed, wireless access
Flat Screen TV, Cable TV
“Ferndale without the b&b prices”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013
This is the only place in downtown Ferndale to stay that's not a b&b. Went with friends and didn't really want the extra cost/amenities that come w/b&b's -though I would recommend going that route if it's your first time to the area/never stayed in a b&b before. The towns' offerings of beautifully restored Victorians to stay in is abundant. The Redwood Suites however, is a fair alternative if you don't want the cost, and especially if you are with friends and don't mind sharing a space as most rooms are suites. The location is fantastic, right downtown with food, sightseeing, shopping, all within walking distance.